Sir George spent the afternoon at the Headquarters of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service in Eastleigh, where the focus of the discussion and presentation was about the value of sprinklers. "The demonstration which I saw showed how dramatically sprinklers can reduce the impact of a fire, not just on saving lives, but also saving property. I was interested to hear of their campaign to persuade residential homes to invest in sprinklers, and of the huge amount of work which the Fire and Rescue Service puts into education and prevention." Sir George learnt about the work of the Service with the Prince's Trust, and their programme of visiting the schools in the county. He also met Inca, the black labrador who works on the forensic side. "Hampshire is investing more money in discovering who the arsonists are, and is driving up the rate of detection. Inca has been specially trained to help discover where the fire began, and what products were used. If, for example, petrol has been used, they can now discover which petrol station supplied the product."
"I was enormously impresed with the quality of the Service and the commitment of those who work for the Service, and I had a helpful discussion with John Bonney, the Chief Officer, about how the Service would respond to the challenges that lie ahead."